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Constitution of the United States

Item From: General Records of the United States Government. (05/14/1787- 09/17/1787)

The Federal Convention convened on May 14, 1787 in Philadelphia’s Independence Hall to revise the problematic Articles of Confederation. Since only two states had delegations present, any substantive debate was postponed until a quorum of seven states was attained on May 25th. After exhaustive deliberation well into the middle of June, the Convention concluded that the Articles were not salvageable and needed to be replaced with something that represented their collective interests while ensuring their continued independence.

Through subsequent closed sessions, the delegates continually debated, drafted and redrafted the articles of this new Constitution until it resembled the one we have today. The main points of contention were how much power was apportioned to the Federal Government, how many Congressional representatives were allotted to each state, and whether these representatives would be directly elected by their constituents or appointed by their state legislatures.

This new Constitution was the cumulative result of many minds coming together to conceptualize and debate the future course of the country. Through subsequent generations it has been amended and reinterpreted many times, but its continued success stems from adherence to these early promises of representation and compromise.

Source: http://go.usa.gov/DQ6Y

Happy birthday, rights.

"I know it’s hard to look at. They’re all hard to look at. They’re hard to look at because they happened, like the photograph of Mr. Foley with the knife to his neck. The Post was excoriated because it was a big shock. But I don’t think we can hide the fact that it happened. Just because we close our eyes doesn’t mean that it didn’t happen. It was an event, and so, though it’s hard to look at it, I think that over the years the photograph will be accepted as the record of a historic moment."
Go read this.
(h/t Tori)

"I know it’s hard to look at. They’re all hard to look at. They’re hard to look at because they happened, like the photograph of Mr. Foley with the knife to his neck. The Post was excoriated because it was a big shock. But I don’t think we can hide the fact that it happened. Just because we close our eyes doesn’t mean that it didn’t happen. It was an event, and so, though it’s hard to look at it, I think that over the years the photograph will be accepted as the record of a historic moment."

Go read this.

(h/t Tori)

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This river is purple.